North Carolina: Cooperatives develop central hub for DER management


The North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) has partnered with Open Access Technology International (OATI) to improve management of its distributed energy resources (DER).

NCEMC is deploying OATI’s webSmartEnergy solution to advance management of its demand response and DER programmes.

The solution will go online later this year with plans to have multi-tenant functionality by January 01, 2020.

The DER management solution will help NCEMC to aggregate different types of load and generation resources, and accurately forecast programme performance.

The cloud-based solution will handle coordination, messaging, scheduling, dispatching and providing measurement and verification of events among diverse programmes and resources to achieve various operational and economic objectives.

The DER management solution will be the hub from which NCEMC will manage demand response and DER programmes executed for and by its member utility cooperatives.

NCEMC serves 25 of North Carolina’s 26 distribution electric cooperatives with approximately 2.5 million customers.

In addition to the supply of webSmartEnergy, OATI is providing the utility consortium with its GridMind microgrid controller for NCEMC to observe and manage new renewable ventures such as microgrids and electric vehicle charging networks.

Mike Burnette, Chief Operating Officer for NCEMC, said: “Demand response and distributed energy resources are playing an increasingly important role in our efforts to enhance the flexibility of the electric grid and keep power costs down for our state’s cooperatives and their consumer-members.”